Crochet Cheat Sheet Stitch Breakdown

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. I have a special treat for you today. This is the crochet stitch breakdown paper I hand out at my beginning crocheter classes. It has tons of information all on one page. Each stitch is listed with directions as well as it’s abbreviation. The chart shows you how many chains to use for a turning chain and whether they usually count as the first stitch. Plus it lists the US …

Crafty Tip: Crochet Stitch Markers

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. Today’s crafty tip: Crochet stitch markers also work wonders as elastic and drawstring threaders. Today’s crafty tip: Crochet stitch markers also work wonders as elastic and drawstring threaders. A post shared by Lindsey Stephens (@the_lindsey_life) on Aug 9, 2017 at 6:43am PDT

Weighing Yarn Part 1

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. The most accurate way to tell how much yarn you’re using up or will need for a project is to measure the length. Unfortunately, this often isn’t practical. In order to accurately determine the length of yarn used, many designers use a work around by weighing the yarn. Even if you aren’t a designer, you’ll probably find weighing your yarn to be useful. Why you might want to weigh your …

Crochet Stylesheet Questionaire

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. Today’s news is for crochet designers. If you are a designer putting out your own patterns, you need a style sheet. What’s a style sheet? It’s a list of guidelines that helps keep your patterns consistent and professional. There are a lot of decisions to make when creating a style sheet, and it can get overwhelming trying to make sure you don’t forget anything. Not any more. I’m pleased to …

A Recipe for Mixing Yarns

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. Would you like to mix and match yarns together, but aren’t sure how to go about it? Stay in the same color family, but mix it up with: 1 solid yarn with cotton, bamboo, or plant fiber 1 sparkly yarn 1 variegated yarn This quick scarf I worked up combines Malabrigo Rios,  Kollage Glisten, and Berroco Weekend. What’s your favorite yarn mixing recipe?

Tips for Knitting with Beads and Lavishea

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. One of my most recent projects has been a beaded knit hat. When working with beads I need something to spill them out into- the tubes they come in are too narrow to be able to get the beads out easily. I used the lid to my Lavishea lotion bar tin. It worked really well. I decided I wanted to add beads to the hat as I went instead of …

No-sew Crochet Stuffed Animals!

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. Well, hello. It’s a busy week around here. Not only did I release Basil Bunny Rabbit (a crochet pattern) on Monday, but today I released Chervil Hamster. Chervil is a cute little guy. I love him, and so do my kids. He’s really quick to work, and a single skein of yarn will make a whole horde of hamsters. Best of all, though, is NO SEWING REQUIRED. His adorable little …

How to Make a Single Crochet Ball in Any Size

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. Knowing how to single crochet a ball is a valuable piece of knowledge. Stuff it with plastic pellets for a bean bag or hackey sack for kids, or stuff it with catnip and a small jingle bell to make a fun pet toy. A ball is infinitely useful- or at least infinitely amusing. Plus, it’s a great way to use scrap yarn. This ball is made in continuous rounds. You …

The Lowdown on Crochet Turning Chains in Patterns

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. Rows in crochet (almost) always start with a turning chain, or a number of chains required to get the yarn up to the proper height for that stitch or stitch pattern. What is Standard Single crochet rows start with a chain 1. The chain 1 does NOT count as the first stitch. Half-double crochet rows start with a chain 2. The chain 2 does count as the first stitch. Double …

Ways to Add Color to Your Crochet

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. When crocheting or knitting, sometimes it’s nice to add a splash of color to part of a project. You can always switch to a different colored yarn, but here are some other alternatives. Carry along a thin, colored thread for part of your work. Choose a contrasting color for pop or a similar color for just a little bit of visual interest. For home decor items like doilies, try painting …